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Microgrid Built in a Day for VERGE San Francisco

Karen Henry

GreenBiz Group’s VERGE San Francisco’s conference and exhibition was powered by a renewable-energy-fueled microgrid that was built in a single day at the city’s historic Palace Hotel. The installation was part of a demonstration of  distributed energy systems. According to an article on the GreenBiz website, the microgrid included a 100 kW biodiesel backup generator   …Continue Reading


Chiller Plant Upgrade Saves $500,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

Pepco Energy Services hired Tustin Energy Solutions to improve the operation of its Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) in Atlantic City, NJ. Tustin’s services resulted in a nearly 25 percent improvement in operating efficiencies and a savings of over $500,000 annually in energy and operation costs. Pepco’s chiller plant operates 24 hours a day, 365   …Continue Reading


Rutgers Saves $1M in 2 Years with Energy Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

A program of continuous energy oversight for the chiller plant, boiler and cogeneration plant at the Newark Campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has resulted in $1,155,000 in savings in its first two years of operation. The RBHS facility is a district energy plant that provides utilities to Rutgers RBHS and University Hospital   …Continue Reading


Connecticut Invests $5M for More Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Connecticut is building new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford to keep critical buildings and facilities powered even when the grid goes down. Through the second round of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program, the projects have been awarded a total of $5.1 million. In Bridgeport, the funding will ensure   …Continue Reading


District Energy System Deals with Suspended Solids

Linda Hardesty

A district energy system in New Orleans provides services to the New Orleans Regional Medical Center (NORMC) and other clients. The facility provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks. In 2009, Hurricane Katrina’s flooding led   …Continue Reading


Countries Commit to Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

At the UN Climate Summit, a new Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform was launched under the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. One of the initiative’s primary goals is doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The Platform includes five energy efficiency sector initiatives: vehicles, lighting, appliances, buildings and district energy systems.   …Continue Reading


Amazon Advances District Heating in Seattle

Linda Hardesty

Amazon is making plans to heat some of its buildings in downtown Seattle with waste heat generated from data centers in the nearby Westin Building, according to Geek Wire. An underground system of pipes will transfer waste heat via water from the data centers to the Amazon buildings; once the water has cooled down, it   …Continue Reading


Vortisand Helps NOLO’s District Energy Center Clean Up Its Water

Karen Henry

Enwave’s District Energy Center in New Orleans provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks, including the New Orleans Regional Medical Center. After Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, all of Enwave’s cooling water systems   …Continue Reading


Canadian Condominium Complex to Plug into City’s District Energy System

Karen Henry

An 18-story condominium complex slated for construction in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, will be the first residential building to hook up to the Galt District Energy System, according to an article in the Guelph Mercury. Plugging into the shared energy network will eliminate the need for the River Mill Condominium complex to install a furnace, boiler,   …Continue Reading


UK Looks to Rivers for Heat Pump Energy

Linda Hardesty

A map published by the UK government finds that there are around 40 urban rivers and estuaries in Britain that could provide large-scale renewable heating supplies to local communities through water source heat pumps, instead of traditional gas-fired or electric heating. Water source heat pumps operate by taking heat from the water and feeding it   …Continue Reading


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